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Published: Thursday, 4/30/2009

Man who threatened suicide at I-75 rest stop surrenders to police

BLADE STAFF

MONROE The man whose suicide threat closed northbound I-75 near LaPlaisance Road to traffic Wednesday night surrendered unharmed without incident and his pistol was recovered, according to the Monroe County Sheriff s Office.

The man s name was not released. Deputies did not say why the man was threatening to kill himself.

The man was sitting in a car at the Monroe rest area when he apparently made suicidal threats in a phone conversation with relatives. He was distraught and agitated and had a pistol, officers who were on the scene, said.

Authorities closed northbound I-75 to traffic about 9 p.m. when they also started diverting traffic, with a traffic backup on the expressway for several miles. A negotiator then talked the man, causing him to surrender without incident about 10:45 p.m. Ten minutes later, normal traffic on the road resumed.

The incident remained under investigation by Michigan State Police, which released no further information as of 8:30 a.m. Thursday.



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